Strat Aero PLC says it has entered into discussions with the Netherlands government to establish the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training center in northern Europe.
The potential training facility, which would be located in the Netherlands, includes an 8,000-foot runway, enabling full operational training of UAVs for commercial and military purposes, according to Strat Aero PLC, an international aerospace services company focused on the provision of training solutions, management systems and consultancy services to the global aviation market.
In order to facilitate progress toward a binding agreement, the company has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Innovation Quarter, the regional economic development agency for the Dutch region of West Holland. As part of that LOI, a framework has been set out, including the capacity requirements for the training facility.
The government of the Netherlands will source and make available a location in which to establish a new comprehensive UAV training base for both civilian and military training on fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs.
Strat Aero will invest in the establishment of the training facility, including ground-based equipment, training materials, management personnel and training aircraft.
Research and development and training infrastructure and services will be available to universities and civilian organizations. The facility is also expected to be a multinational resource available to all European Union member states.
The company is scheduled to make proposals to the government of the Netherlands and to inspect the proposed site during January.
“With the number of commercial and military applications for UAVs forecast to increase significantly in the years ahead, the need to ensure operators are trained to the highest standards is paramount,” says Capt. Russell Peck, CEO of Strat Aero.